Trading Up


Sq m: 144 (1,550sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

One of the more discreet estates off the Model Farm Road in Cork, the Ridgeway is tucked into a crescent between Laburnum Park and Bishopstown Avenue — and therein lies its attraction.

This week sees a new for-sale board up in the estate, for Glengorm, a large, four-bed semi that will need a substantial overhaul, says Jarleth Boyd, of Timothy Sullivan and Associates.

The house has a perfect south/south-west aspect, he says, and a large corner site that would allow substantial development. The Ridgeway is a two-minute walk to the grounds of CUH.

The layout includes a sitting room, dining room, a kitchen-breakfast room, utility and guest WC with access to the attached garage.

The bedroom floor has two good double rooms, a small double and a single with main bathroom. Outside, the gardens are in lawn, and here again there’s plenty of scope to give the house personality.

Glengorm is in need of TLC and perhaps an extension, but with aspect and location boxes ticked, the house would reward the investment for family-home buyers.

VERDICT: Leafy and mature, and with good schools on the doorstep, Glengorm is a classic trader-upper with room to improve and extend.

CLONAKILTY, CORK c€250,000 (Tender)

Sq m: 154 (1,650 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

BER rating: Pending

Broadband: Yes

To mix a banking metaphor, there’ll be interest in the sale of this former principal’s property.

New to market, and set to sell by tender, is the former residence of the principal of Clonakilty Agricultural College at Darrara, a mile from Clonakilty town on the main Timoleague Road. The Clon college (one of seven of its ilk nationwide) currently is performing a vital function in training and certifying a new generation of farmers, and has deep roots in this farming hinterland.

However, farm training body Teagasc has decided the house which it owns near Darrara, and which has served for years as the college principal’s own home, is surplus to requirements.

It’s a good property offer: a four-bed 1,650 sq ft bungalow, on a private landscaped site of 1.25 acres, a mile or so east of the town by what’s known as the main farm entrance, less than an hour from Cork city and airport. Added to the mix is a detached 350 sq ft garage.

Selling agent is Charles P McCarthy in Skibbereen, who says the single storey house is in good overall condition with pleasant views.

Rooms include a 21’ by 21 living room, a large kitchen/dining room, front and back halls, bathroom, shower room and four bedrooms.

VERDICT: What? No mud room?


Sq. m: 252 (2,700 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: B1

Broadband: Yes

The question to ask with a one-off rural house like this is: “how much would it cost to build now?”

Even in a flattened market, taking site value, planning and design, contractor’s costs, finish and fittings into account, the asking price is now often lower than the cost of building, even now. And that’s without factoring time and the headaches a self-build involves.

So with this in mind, families looking for a rural retreat with plenty of room may find that this house at Duniskey, Lissarda fits the bill.

On the market with Killian Lynch of KL Auctioneers, Macroom, it’s a fully finished house and it comes with a great kitchen and dining/living room with solid fuel stove, and includes a sun room and detached garage as part of its layout. It comes with finished grounds.

The house is part of a small cluster of one-off houses located about a quarter mile from the Cork-Macroom road.

Rooms include a generous sitting room, kitchen/dining room, sun room with vaulted ceilings, utility and bedroom with adjoining jacuzzi bathroom on the ground floor.

Upstairs there are four more bedrooms, all of which are en suite.

VERDICT: Close to Lissarda and Kilmurry village, this Duniskey property is a 20 minute commute to Cork city and is close to Macroom town.

GRANGE, CORK €219,000

Sq. m: 79 (850 sq ft)


BER rating: Pending


A modern build, to a high standard, and a detached status set 1A Grange Road up as a comfortable buy.

Built just about five years ago, and with masonry block construction, this three-bed home is at the start of the Grange Road above Douglas, Cork.

It is new to market with agents FML Properties in the city centre, who seek €219,000 for the smart and well-built home, within a five minute walk of Douglas’s amenities.

There’s off-street parking for a few cars on its cobbled drive, a 17’ by 12’ living room with wood floor and fireplace, as well as patio/garden access via French doors. Next to it is an open plan kitchen/dining room, long at 24’ by almost 10’, with a tiled floor, while the ground level also has a guest WC.

Upstairs are three bedrooms plus a main bathroom with bath/shower.

To the rear is a walled in garden, which isn’t overlooked, add FML, and heating is gas-fire and zoned. There’s great amenities and a huge shopping choice on either side of this super-convenient Grange Road home, with Aldi and SuperValu across the road, and Dunnes and Tesco in Douglas.

VERDICT: There aren’t too many detached homes within a such a short walk of Douglas village, while the south city ring road is a mile away in the other direction.


Sq. m: 225 (2,450 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

BER rating: Pending


You don’t have to spend lots of money to trade up to a sizeable family home on a good-sized site, especially if you are hankering after a quiet rural location.

A fresh to market February offering with West Waterford agent Eamonn Spratt is this five-bed home at between Dungarvan and Clonmel, at Doon, Ballinamult about a 20 minute spin from Dungarvan.

It was built as recently as 2007, and is fully finished inside, but even a first lick of paint and some colour on its rendered outside walls would really convey its completion. A first job for a buyer, perhaps. and they’ll even get to choose the colour?

It’s priced to sell, emphasises Mr Spratt, guiding it at what seems like very good value for a five-bed at €175,000, and he says it’s on an elevated acre and that the location is scenic, with a south-west aspect and rural views including mature trees by its entrance.

Two of its five laminate-floored bedrooms are en suite, there are two nice-sized (15’ by 13’) reception rooms and an attractive 22’ by 12’ kitchen with island and wood units, while other finish levels are good, with good wood and porcelain tiled floors etc in several other rooms.

VERDICT: Plenty of space here with five beds inside and an acre of ground for a Munster family on the move.

Picture: Clonakilty Property


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